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About Ashdod

From Ashdod a trip to Jerusalem is a must. Here, in the city that's sacred to Moslems, Christians and Jews alike it's difficult not to feel awed by the importance of the surroundings. The Dome of the Rock, the Garden of Gethsemane and the Wailing Wall can all be visited.

 

Shore excursions in Ashdod

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Eternal Jerusalem

Activity highMeal includedShopping

Duration: 9 hours

Visit Yad VeShem Museum and witness the moving Children’s Memorial as well as the Israel Museum, Western Wall and Tomb of King David.

Created by an act of the Knesset, Yad VeShem enshrines the most traumatic event in Jewish history, the Holocaust. Encircled by the Avenue of the Righteous, the site includes a Historical Museum and the Children’s Memorial. In a dark room, 500 mirrors reflect the flame of candles while voices intone the names of the 1½ million children who perished during the Holocaust. At the Israel Museum you will have the opportunity to visit the Shrine of the Book housing the Dead Sea Scrolls as well as the model of the 2nd Temple era.

Enjoy lunch accompanied with wine before setting off on a walking tour, which begins at Zion’s gate and includes a visit of the Tomb of King David within a 5th century synagogue. Continue to the Western or Wailing Wall which is part of the Temple Mount Foundation erected by Herod The Great and the most sacred Jewish shrine in Jerusalem. Walk along the Cardo Maximus, the Roman high street built in 135 AD when Jerusalem was the Roman city of Aelia Capitolina.

Stop at a souvenir shop in Jerusalem for a chance to purchase some gifts.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 5 hours of walking on this tour. No children under the age of 12 may visit Yad VeShem.

Glorious Jerusalem

Activity highMeal includedShopping

Duration: 10 hours

This tour provides the opportunity to maximise your day in Jerusalem and visit many of the highlights of the Old City.

Walk through Zion Gate to enter the room of the Last Supper and King David’s Tomb. This is the site of the Coenaculum, the room where Christ and the Apostles dined at the Last Supper. See the remains and reconstructed areas of The Cardo Maximus built by the Emperor Hadrian, and visit the Western or Wailing Wall, revered as the sole remnant of the 2nd Temple (destroyed by Rome in 70 AD).

Afterwards, visit the Jerusalem Archaeological Park and Davidson Centre. This impressive archaeological park, dating back some 5,000 years is Israel’s most important antiquity site. The Davidson Centre exhibits the history of the Temple Mount, and showcases the cities glorious past.

Enjoy lunch served with wine, before experiencing the Via Dolorosa (Way of Suffering) and observe some of the various stations of the cross. Proceeding uphill through the city’s narrow and cobbled streets you’ll head towards Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The Church is believed to enshrine the sites of Christ’s crucifixion, entombment and resurrection.

Visit the Garden of Gethsemane where Judas betrayed Christ, before continuing onto the Church of All Nations and Rock of Agony.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is over 5 hours of walking on this tour including some steps and cobble-stones. At the church of the Holy Sepulcher, steep steps lead to the 2nd level where a shrine is situated.

Grand Overland - (Double Accommodation)

Activity highMeal includedShopping

Duration: 1 night

Experience The Galilee, Jerusalem and Bethlehem, to discover the sites that make Israel such a colourful place to visit.

The luxury of spending the night in Jerusalem allows you to combine the wonders of the surrounding countryside and some of the Old City’s most important sites. It also eliminates the need to make the round-trip journey in one day thus maximising the time you have to spend in this remarkable part of the world.

DAY 1 - ASHDOD / JERUSALEM / BETHLEHEM
Visit the Garden of Gethsemane overlooking Jerusalem; it was here in this garden that Judas betrayed Christ. The Church of All Nations was built at Gethsemane in 1924 and features interior domes decorated with mosaic symbols of the countries that contributed to its construction.

Visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Bethlehem is in the Palestinian Authority and a local guide will join the coach at the check point as Israeli citizens cannot enter Bethlehem. The visit to the Church is combined with shopping in the city hosted by the local guides.

Explore the Israel Museum including the Shrine of the Book presenting the Dead Sea Scrolls and the 2nd Temple era model, before lunch with wine is served in a leading venue.

Walk through Jaffa Gate and visit The Church of the Holy Sepulcher, believed to enshrine the sites of Christ’s crucifixion, entombment and resurrection. The 12th century church is shared by several Christian denominations. Steep steps lead to the 2nd level where a shrine is situated in Calvary or Golgotha.

Walk the Via Dolorosa Way of Suffering and observe some of the Stations of the Cross, through the city’s narrow and crowded cobbled streets via the bazaar. Head towards the massive Western or Wailing Wall, which is actually part of the Temple Mount foundation erected by Herod the Great. The Wall is the most sacred Jewish shrine in Jerusalem and from the plaza you can view the Temple Mount dominated by the El Asqa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, sacred to the Muslims.

Check into one of the leading hotels in Jerusalem to relax before dinner. Afterwards there will be an optional complimentary tour of the Old City by night.

DAY 2 - JERUSALEM / GALILEE / NAZARETH / HAIFA
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and commence the tour to Galilee. Visit the river bank revered by the faithful as the spot where John the Baptist immersed Jesus in the waters of the River Jordan.

Visit the Mount of Beatitudes from where Christ delivered the Sermon on the Mount. On these very slopes Pope John-Paul II celebrated the Eucharist in the year 2000. From the terrace of the domed Catholic Church, founded in 1937, there are splendid views of the Sea of Galilee. Visit Tabgha and The Church of the Multiplication which is believed to occupy the site where Christ performed his miracle with 2 fish and 5 loaves.

Capernaum was the centre of Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee. Take a guided walking tour to view the ruined synagogue where Christ preached.

Enjoy lunch, before moving onto the location of Jesus’ youth, Nazareth. Visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, consecrated in 1969 and the largest Christian Church in the Middle East. It is said to mark the grotto where the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary.

From Nazareth you will travel by coach to Haifa to rejoin the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Bookings for this tour will close 30 days prior to the tour date. There is a strict minimum and maximum participation. Please ensure you book the correct tour code for the accommodation you require (Double = ASH800A, single = ASH801A). Prices shown on your overland excursions record are per person, not per room. Once your booking is confirmed, any cancellation made will incur a 100% cancellation fee. No refunds will be given for any unused portion of the tour.

This tour has been planned taking into account special security arrangements and requirements. Admittance into certain religious sites requires attire that covers shoulders and knees. As you will be away from the ship overnight, we ask that you limit your luggage to 1 light holdall or bag per person. You will be responsible for carrying your luggage on and off the coach and in and out of your hotel. Please do not forget to include any medications and other personal requirements. The sequence of the itinerary may be altered.

The Church of the Multiplication is closed on Sundays; a visit will be made to St Peter’s Primacy instead.

The fare includes: transport by coach, sightseeing and entrance fees as described, meals as stated and hotel accommodation.

The fare does not include: items of a personal nature such as refreshments, telephone calls, laundry, gratuities, room service, fees for doctor’s visits and prescriptions/medication or travel insurance.

Grand Overland - (Single Accommodation)

Activity highMeal includedShopping

Duration: 1 night

Experience The Galilee, Jerusalem and Bethlehem, to discover the sites that make Israel such a colourful place to visit.

The luxury of spending the night in Jerusalem allows you to combine the wonders of the surrounding countryside and some of the Old City’s most important sites. It also eliminates the need to make the round-trip journey in one day thus maximising the time you have to spend in this remarkable part of the world.

DAY 1 - ASHDOD / JERUSALEM / BETHLEHEM
Visit the Garden of Gethsemane overlooking Jerusalem; it was here in this garden that Judas betrayed Christ. The Church of All Nations was built at Gethsemane in 1924 and features interior domes decorated with mosaic symbols of the countries that contributed to its construction.

Visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Bethlehem is in the Palestinian Authority and a local guide will join the coach at the check point as Israeli citizens cannot enter Bethlehem. The visit to the Church is combined with shopping in the city hosted by the local guides.

Explore the Israel Museum including the Shrine of the Book presenting the Dead Sea Scrolls and the 2nd Temple era model, before lunch with wine is served in a leading venue.

Walk through Jaffa Gate and visit The Church of the Holy Sepulcher, believed to enshrine the sites of Christ’s crucifixion, entombment and resurrection. The 12th century church is shared by several Christian denominations. Steep steps lead to the 2nd level where a shrine is situated in Calvary or Golgotha.

Walk the Via Dolorosa Way of Suffering and observe some of the Stations of the Cross, through the city’s narrow and crowded cobbled streets via the bazaar. Head towards the massive Western or Wailing Wall, which is actually part of the Temple Mount foundation erected by Herod the Great. The Wall is the most sacred Jewish shrine in Jerusalem and from the plaza you can view the Temple Mount dominated by the El Asqa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, sacred to the Muslims.

Check into one of the leading hotels in Jerusalem to relax before dinner. Afterwards there will be an optional complimentary tour of the Old City by night.

DAY 2 - JERUSALEM / GALILEE / NAZARETH / HAIFA
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and commence the tour to Galilee. Visit the river bank revered by the faithful as the spot where John the Baptist immersed Jesus in the waters of the River Jordan.

Visit the Mount of Beatitudes from where Christ delivered the Sermon on the Mount. On these very slopes Pope John-Paul II celebrated the Eucharist in the year 2000. From the terrace of the domed Catholic Church, founded in 1937, there are splendid views of the Sea of Galilee. Visit Tabgha and The Church of the Multiplication which is believed to occupy the site where Christ performed his miracle with 2 fish and 5 loaves.

Capernaum was the centre of Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee. Take a guided walking tour to view the ruined synagogue where Christ preached.

Enjoy lunch, before moving onto the location of Jesus’ youth, Nazareth. Visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, consecrated in 1969 and the largest Christian Church in the Middle East. It is said to mark the grotto where the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary.

From Nazareth you will travel by coach to Haifa to rejoin the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Bookings for this tour will close 30 days prior to the tour date. There is a strict minimum and maximum participation. Please ensure you book the correct tour code for the accommodation you require (Double = ASH800A, single = ASH801A).
Prices shown on your overland excursions record are per person, not per room. Once your booking is confirmed, any cancellation made will incur a 100% cancellation fee. No refunds will be given for any unused portion of the tour.

This tour has been planned taking into account special security arrangements and requirements. Admittance into certain religious sites requires attire that covers shoulders and knees. As you will be away from the ship overnight, we ask that you limit your luggage to 1 light holdall or bag per person. You will be responsible for carrying your luggage on and off the coach and in and out of your hotel. Please do not forget to include any medications and other personal requirements. The sequence of the itinerary may be altered.

The fare includes: transport by coach, sightseeing and entrance fees as described, meals as stated and hotel accommodation.

The fare does not include: items of a personal nature such as refreshments, telephone calls, laundry, gratuities, room service, fees for doctor’s visits and prescriptions/medication or travel insurance.

Highlights of Bethlehem

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 5 hours

Journey to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity and see the birthplace of Jesus.

A scenic drive takes you to Bethlehem City and the Church of the Nativity. Considered to be the oldest, continuously operating Christian Church in the world, the Church of the Nativity was originally commissioned in 327 AD by the Byzantine Emperor Constantine and his mother Helena to commemorate the cave that is believed to be the birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth.

Your knowledgeable guide will lead you through this world-renowned Church and explain the history behind it.

The highlight of your tour will be a visit to the holy site; the ‘Grotto of the Nativity’. Narrow stairs lead to an underground cave located beneath the Church, which according to tradition enshrines the birthplace of Jesus. The very spot is marked by a 14 point silver star set into the marble floor.

Before departing Bethlehem you’ll enjoy a brief shopping stop to purchase souvenirs.

Your return journey takes you via Armon Hanatziv. Overlooking the City of Jerusalem, Armon Hanarziv provides a wonderful photo opportunity, allowing you to capture beautiful views of the city.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The journey from Ashdod to Bethlehem is approximately 1 hour. Due to the popularity of the Church, it can be crowded. There are approximately 20 narrow steps to access the Grotto. The queue to enter the Grotto may involve standing for a long period of time. In the event of excessive queues, the visit to the Grotto may be suspended. Bethlehem is in the Palestinian Authority therefore a local guide will join the coach at the checkpoint as Israeliś are not permitted to enter Bethlehem. Professional photography is prohibited inside the Church and Grotto.

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